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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    While blond, silver, and gold are common hair coloring for Targaryens, there are some with dark hair. Ser Harwin Strong fathered three bastard sons on Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen. All three inherited their father's brown hair. King Daeron II married Mariah Martell. Their son, Prince Baelor had the dark hair of the Martells, as well as his own sons Valarr and Matarys. These are just a few examples. There are many more.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    Welp, back to the drawing board! There’s something there though. Too many parallels to be nothing.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    If Edric is Aegon he should be 7 months older than Jon, 16 months older than Robb, and newly turned 16 when A Game of Thrones begins. Do you have the text handy where Arya wonders about his age?
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    No one in power ever questioned the validity that Daenerys was Aerys and Rhaella’s child. If it became known that she was “conveniently” born nine months after Rhaella left Kings Landing, I think there’d be whispers. Plus, in medieval Westeros, a female typically isn’t an heir or threat to the Iron Throne, unless she marries someone powerful and births a son. When Daenerys was pregnant, it would have been an opening for people to question her validity, but they don’t. IMO there’s no reason to question that she is who everyone believes her to be. As for Young Griff - I’ve changed my mind. I thought he was Aegon, but after sorting through the parallels between Ashara and Sansa, I now believe Edric Dayne is Aegon. Young Griff is an imposter assembled by Varys, because he knew Aegon survived, and decided to create his idealistic vision of a good ruler. The irony of Edric being Aegon is that he was part of a group that abducted Arya.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    It’s from the world book: The World of Ice and Fire - The Fall of the Dragons: The End Birds flew and couriers raced to bear word of the victory at the Ruby Ford. When the news reached the Red Keep, it was said that Aerys cursed the Dornish, certain that Lewyn had betrayed Rhaegar. He sent his pregnant queen, Rhaella, and his younger son and new heir, Viserys, away to Dragonstone, but Princess Elia was forced to remain in King's Landing with Rhaegar's children as a hostage against Dorne. Having burned his previous Hand, Lord Chelsted, alive for bad counsel during the war, Aerys now appointed another to the position: the alchemist Rossart—a man of low birth, with little to recommend him but his flames and trickery.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    I guess I need to read up on the Targaryen fleet, because I was under the impression that Ser Willem Darry only had a small garrison on Dragonstone and not a large armada? I was thinking only one ship would be needed to bring a group of soldiers across the bay to take the children hostage. Could you provide text to support the notion there were 5000 loyalist sailors on Dragonstone?
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    I believe in the wheel of time and that certain historical events repeat themselves, so the Gulltown song that Dunk and Egg hear about kissing a maiden could be an earlier parallel to the Fisherman's Daughter story. When Aerys sent Rhaella to Dragonstone with Viserys, she was already visibly pregnant. I'm sorry I don't have the reference to hand, but if she is indeed 8-9 months younger than Jon, then her birthday is May 283. Isn't it also said she was born during a Spring storm? Not that months have seasonal designations in the story, but I think most of the Rebellion was fought during Winter, but Winter may have ended as soon as Lyanna died. I actually suspect that GRRM knows specifically when all important events occur, but cannot answer timeline questions honestly, because they would reveal too many of his secrets. So, he brushes off questions that nail down important dates with encouragements not to focus too much on such things. I have a timeline of events worked out on a spreadsheet where all the known facts work with each other, but how to share such a thing? I feel quite confident that the tourney of Harrenhall occurred late Nov or early Dec 281, that Lyanna went missing Jan 282, and that Jon Arryn raised his banners within the first quarter of 282. I also believe Aegon was born Jan 282 while Lyanna went missing, that Brandon's wedding was supposed to occur in Jan 282, and that Jon was born in Aug 282 nine months after the tourney. I think Ned and Catelyn married a month or two before Jon was born, (June wedding???) placing Robb's birthday around Mar 283, about a month after the Sack, which I believe occurred around Feb/Mar 283 when Aegon was 13-14 months old. The seige of Storm's End began about Mar 282 and ended around Mar/Apr 283. Daenerys was born right around this time in May 283. Stannis was enlisted to rebuild Robert's fleet, so she was only a few months old when the Assault on Dragonstone occurred, which the wiki lists as occurring in 284, but which I suspect was around July 283. I agree that GRRM's "side steps" are evidence that he knows exactly when events occurred and cannot confirm anything for fear of giving his secrets away. As for Daenerys - I don't see why we should doubt she's Rhaella's daughter. If she's not, where did she come from? Yes, the Rebellion followed the tourney quite closely by about two and a half to three months.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    Yeah, I don’t think Catelyn or her father were at the tourney either. IMO when Brandon defeated Petyr in the duel, he told Catelyn that they would marry when he returned. Why go anywhere unless it’s a short distance away? I think Brandon left to compete in the tourney and planned to get married afterward. As for the story that Ned danced with Ashara...lately I’ve been wondering if that story is more of an allegory full of symbolism rather than a straight literal telling of events. The military movements that make me scratch my head is the path the rebels took after the Battle of the Bells at Stoney Sept, which is southeast of Riverrun, southwest of the Gods Eye, and way south of the Ruby Ford of the Trident. Why did the rebel army retreat to the north side of the river?
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    The Battle of the Bells was a turning point in the Rebellion, and imo, likely midway or 3/4 through the year that the war was said to take. I also believe the two weeks Catelyn said she had with Ned was the time it took Hoster to call his banners, placing Robb’s conception shortly before they left to rescue Robert. A number of things occurred before this. GRRM said the Rebellion lasted about one year, began as soon as Jon Arryn raised his banners, and ended at the Sack. Assuming that calling his bannermen lasted a minimum of two weeks, he next moves on Gulltown. I have no idea how long it took to march from the Eyrie to Gulltown or how long the battle took, but let’s add two weeks to round off that first month. After Gulltown, Robert rides for Storms End to raise his banners. Let’s give him a week or two to get home - he likely needed to slip past Kings Landing undetected - and take at least two weeks to raise his banners. That eats up month number two. The next conflict involves marching towards Summerhal where he fights a series of battles in quick sequence, then brings prisoners back to Storms End before heading back out again. Now we’re well into the third month and Robert needs to march to Ashford. Do you still think the Battle of the Bells is 4 months after Jon Arryn raised his banners? i think Jon is 6-7 months older than Robb. Obviously older in his development, but small enough in his physical build to look smaller in size than Robb, who was said to be more robust. Robert was injured at Stoney Sept, but it’s stated that he stayed behind after the Trident to recover. Who’s to say it wasn’t the same injury that was aggravated when he stoved in Rhaegar’s chest?
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    When Robert wanted to compete in the Hand’s tourney, Ned persuaded him not to by telling him that all his foes would let him win. So I think that is why Rhaegar won the day. No one wanted to defeat him and risk displeasing or injuring him, so whoever secured the blue roses knew they would be Rhaegar’s to award. But, if this was an instance of setting up Rhaegar, how would they know he wouldn’t give them to his pregnant wife? Perhaps Rhaegar understood the history of the blue roses and gave them to Lyanna simply because she was a daughter of Winterfell?
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    Robb was conceived shortly prior to the Battle of the Bells. Your timeline is placing that battle only three or four months after Jon Arryn raised his banners. You’re not allowing enough time for all of the events that occurred prior, and too long of a gap afterward. The Battle at the Trident was not long after the Battle of the Bells.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    Placing the Rebellion nearly a year after the tourney simply doesn’t work, because it throws off Robb’s age at the beginning of A Game of Thrones in 298, making him a year younger. Robb was born in 283. If Jon Arryn didn’t call his banners until late 282, then Robb’s conception would get pushed to mid-283 and his birthday into early 284, making Robb 13 going on 14 instead of 14 going on 15.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    I like the way your mother thinks!
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    Recall that the story of Bael is one about "who" fathered the bastard of Winterfell. As I mentioned upthread, Bael is the "quince" or the bitter fruit of a situation that went "all pear-shaped". Jon is "Bael's son, but people disagree on who "Bael" was. Many think Rhaegar was Bael simply because of their shared interest in playing and singing songs, but we already have a song that encompasses the whole story: the Song of Ice and Fire, and I think the names Sansa and Arya (aria) are meant to remind us that the song was written to include Ned. In my opinion, Lyanna as Jon's mother is a red herring. It feeds into the false kidnapping narrative, which according to the canon, could not have happened. Rhaegar wasn't anywhere near the Riverlands when Lyanna went missing. He was attending the birth of his son on Dragonstone, and then when Elia was well enough to travel, they sailed to Dorne, and then returned from the south to Kings Landing sometime after the Battle of the Bells. I find it interesting that many in Heresy doubt that Rhaegar is Jon's father, and yet they hold onto the idea that Lyanna is somehow still his mother! I think Ned was telling the truth when he said Jon was of his blood and that Wylla was his mother. Wylla is just the identity Ashara assumed when she got home just as Sansa assumed the role of Alayne when her "father" brought her "home".
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    I suspect Ashara kept the baby, because she fell in love with Ned. Maybe she was a rebel and wanted to buck traditional expectations? The fisherman's daughter tale indicates that the woman Lord Borel saw had a belly bump, because he told Davos that Ned left a bastard in her belly. I believe the daughter was Ashara, and that she had escaped Kings Landing around the time King Aerys was busy killing Brandon and Rickard. Naturally she feared for her unborn Stark bastard, so she slipped away on a ship much like Sansa did. She had somebody's help, and she was able to sail to the Fingers, where she finds Ned on his way to Winterfell to call his banners. I believe Ned fully intended to marry Ashara and that she gave birth to Jon at Winterfell. Maybe the reason why he didn't marry her before leaving for the Rebellion was because their houses were on opposite sides? And then when he was forced politically into marrying Catelyn in order to secure an alliance with House Tully, he came up with the plan to raise Jon and send Ashara home. This is mirrored when Jon forces Gilly to give up her son. After the war Ned has two reasons to go to Starfall: 1) to return Arthur's sword, and 2) to see Ashara. I'm thinking Ashara is the one that comes up with the suicide plan, because she doesn't want to be forced into a marriage beneath her house, and Ned helps her go through with the farce. If Edric was an infant around the time Ashara first got home, she would still be lactating, because of Jon. Edric is the mirror to Mance's son Aemon that Gilly was forced to accept as her own and raise at Horn Hill. The family was willing to keep up the farce that Ashara was now Wylla, because her dishonor was their dishonor too. There's another obvious detail that I might point out - Edric Dayne might be the real Aegon, and Young Griff is just a decoy setup by Queen Rhaella. If Edric is Aegon he would be mirroring Aegon V when he travelled the realm in disguise as Egg. Egg was Duncan's squire, just as Edric was Beric's squire. And like I've mentioned a few pages back, I believe Lem Lemoncloak is actually one of the Kingsguard, but I cannot decide if he's Gerold Hightower or Arthur Dayne. His physical description is most like Hightower, but living with the commoners is something more like what Arthur would do. And having a Kingsguard with the real Aegon would be the proof. Not only that, it would complete the parallel with Mance's son Aemon. Gilly is raising the King Beyond the Wall's prince, so the boy that Ashara nursed should be a prince also. If Edric is indeed Aegon, then the Daynes would've had one more reason to keep Ashara hidden as Wylla. Ashara may have been the one to bring Aegon out of Kings Landing, and all connections to Ashara must be severed.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    Not necessarily. If she's replaying Ashara's role and the wheel of time is running in reverse, her story has details that also get reversed. Recall that Joffrey implied that he would force himself upon her even if she were married to Tyrion and he to Margaery, but Sansa avoided losing her maidenhead, because Joffrey was killed at his wedding feast and Sansa escaped. There may be symbolic evidence in Cat of the Canals chapter that suggests how Ashara was dishonored. It's certainly open to interpretation, but I'll provide my opinion and how I derived my interpretation. There's an innocuous passage in this chapter that goes like this: Why do I think this passage is about Ashara? IMO "Sloey" is a symbolic reference to Ashara. Sloe berries are purple and Ashara had purple eyes. Also in that chapter "ships", specifically their names, are symbolic of specific people, and there is one ship named the Sloe-Eyed Maid, which I believe is another reference to Ashara. I have FreyFamilyReunion to thank for helping identify who Quence and Allaquo are based on what their names might mean. Quence sounds a bit like the fruit, “quince”, which is a pear-shaped fruit that can leave a bitter taste in one’s mouth. Not to mention that when something goes wrong, people sometimes describe it as going “all pear-shaped”. It has been speculated that the quince was the fruit of the forbidden Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden. There is also a Turkish expression, “to eat the quince”, which apparently refers to an unpleasant situation to avoid. Lastly, the Bael fruit is sometimes called the Bengal Quince. This last tidbit may be a tiny confirmation that Jon is Ashara's son, an unexpected bitter Bael "fruit" of a situation that went all pear-shaped. FFR also shared his best thoughts about Allaquo. He said the closest word that was similar was Alaqua, which is a Native American word for the Sweet Gum Tree. This tree has pointed five-star-shaped leaves and round spikey balls as fruit. It is also known as redgum - which brings to mind the red sourleaf chewed in the story. Sourleaf is a foul tasting plant, chewed similar to tobacco. It causes a pink froth on the lips, staining the mouth and teeth red, and causes a noticeable red smile. The "red smile" brings to mind the Smiling Knight who I posit was actually Robert Baratheon. Jaime once described the Smiling Knight as “the Mountain of my boyhood. Half as big, twice as mad.” Catelyn Stark considered Masha Heddle’s smile to be a “bloody horror”. Masha Heddle is the innkeeper of the Crossroads Inn in the Riverlands, a place that seems to be involved with more than one kidnapping, so I have a growing suspicion that "sourleaf" is meant to direct our attention from Allaquo to this train of thought: redgum-sourleaf-bloody-smile-Smiling Knight-bloody horror. I might also point out that when Robert died, Ned noted that Robert had a bloody smile: This bloody smile definition of "Allaquo" suggests that he might be a parallel to Robert Baratheon, and that Ashara "turned to Stark", because Robert tried to take her maidenhead. This would make "Quence" symbolically 'Ned' in the passage, because he came upon Robert trying to force himself upon Ashara. Ned stopped Robert and spoke with Ashara after he left. One thing led to another and it turned into a situation where they conceived Jon. Jon became the Bael fruit of an encounter that went all pear-shaped, and Ned was left with a bitter taste in his mouth.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    What other recourse would an unmarried mother have that didn't involve marrying beneath her house? Pregnant Lollys got stuck with Bronn. Ashara may have thought it was preferable to live out the rest of her life as Wylla at her own family's castle than to be forced into an undesirable marriage. Dishonored women get shit for husbands, so she made a deal with her family to remain in disguise for the rest of her life as Wylla. She may even be Edric's natural mother, but in order for Edric to be called a Dayne she had to pretend that she was only his nursemaid. Has Edric ever mentioned his mother was still alive?
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    If Yandel has inserted the correct timing for the tourney at Harrenhal as being held during the False Spring, which he records as occurring the last two months of 281, I have wondered if the tourney itself was actually held in December, for two reasons. One, which you have already pointed out, is that people would need to believe Spring had arrived before planning a tourney, and then allow enough time for people to get there. The second reason is more symbolic. As you know I believe Arya is replaying Lyanna's role from the previous turn on the wheel of time, and the Cat of the Canals chapter says Arya served in the House of Black and White, three nights out of every thirty. Arya, of course, is "no one", which I believe indicates her status as "dead" Lyanna. The three nights are the penance for the three knights, (and three squires for that matter) that the Knight of the Laughing Tree defeated. Just a side note - I don't believe Lyanna was the knight all by herself. Why in the world anyone would think a 15 or 16 year old girl could defeat seasoned knights is beyond logic, IMO. Neither do I believe Howland was the knight all by himself. He was too small and untrained. What I do believe is that the Knight of the Laughing Tree was a composite of two or more people, and an instance of consensual skinchanging. But, I'm getting away from my thoughts regarding the three nights for the three knights...Arya is serving a penance, just as Lyanna paid a price for her participation in defeating the knights. The thirty days then, is the length of time from the end of the tourney until Lyanna was abducted, which would coincide with the timing of her abduction at the beginning of the new year 282. I fully admit that I really hated book Sansa in the beginning, but you have to consider that she was a 12 year old child when she refused to back Arya up regarding the matter with Joffrey. And while she was a prisoner of Cersei in the Red Keep, she really had no recourse other than learn how to survive. But I think she's learning quite a bit about playing the game of thrones from Littlefinger, and I suspect that she will grow in influence in the Vale, and become a formidable player in her own right. At least, that is what I suspect. That being said, I believe she is replaying the role Ashara had played on the previous turn of the wheel, and Ashara is pretending to be dead and is in disguise - just as Sansa is in disguise as Alayne. We should be able to get a sense of what's in store for Sansa by reviewing what we know about Ashara, but keep in mind that Sansa's end may turn out to be the complete opposite. Sansa didn't appear to be an accomplished player while she was held prisoner, but she did learn quite a bit from Cersei. Are we to assume that Ashara was quite the opposite? Ashara was Princess Elia's handmaiden. I don't claim to be an expert at medieval practices, but to me that sounds like a demotion for a highborn lady of a great house, who should have been married or promised instead. I think the reason why Ashara wasn't promised or married was because it was already well known that she was pregnant, and the handmaiden status signified her dishonor. Sansa already shows evidence that she's playing the reverse of Ashara's role, because she managed to leave the castle with her maidenhead intact. It is said Ashara jumped from a tower in grief from the loss of both her child and brother. Lysa planned to push Sansa out the Moon Door, even though she knew who she was, so in effect, having Littlefinger push Lysa out the Moon Door was the deceit needed for Sansa to become Alayne, which means a man close to Ashara was with her when a body was pushed from the Palestone Tower into the sea. It seems likely that it may have been Ned, and the body thrown could have been anybody in a woman's dress. Now, since Sansa remained at the Eyrie after Lysa went out the Moon Door and assumed the identity of Alayne, doesn't it seem possible that Ashara also remained at Starfall and assumed the identity of Wylla? If Ashara is Wylla, then it could be that she is not Septa Lemore, opening up the possibility that the septa might be Queen Rhaella - OR in an even bigger twist, Lyanna.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    Sansa and Arya are musical terms. A sansa is a musical instrument. It's been described as a finger harp, gourd piano, or thumb piano. Arya of course sounds like aria, which is an expressive melody, often sung with musical accompaniment, but it can be solely instrumental. We might conclude then, that the author chose musical names for these two, because they play a part in the song of ice and fire.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    Maybe Maester Aemon was wrong to prepare the hand in a jar of solution then? Perhaps leaving it dry would have been better? Yes, I do believe they only rise at night or when the sun is blocked by a snowstorm. Girls have different purposes in medieval times. Their maidenheads are commodities to be bought and sold. A beautiful name would only enhance the product. I theorize that Brandon the Shipwright and Brandon the Burner must have both been conceived during an extended season such as 17 year long winter for example. If the wheel of time keeps repeating the same winter for years at a time, you're bound to get some duplication. Direwolf Blitzer, as I live and breathe! Where have you been?
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    The freeze dried wight hand was placed in a jar with some type of preserving liquid, but I guess we're to assume that once the thing thawed out that it began to rot - and/or disintegrate. I do agree that there's still enough magic in the Wall to prevent the white walkers and wights from passing, but theoretically I think the wights require a white walker to bring enough magical cold air in order to make it possible for the wights to move about. I suspect that some wildlings had climbed over the Wall in order to make it possible for Othor and Jafer to rise. The hand Alliser brought to Kings Landing - even if it had survived intact - would have needed a white walker or the magical cold air in order to move. I don't know why Ned didn't call his firstborn legitimate son Brandon, nor his bastard. How is destiny fulfilled? Do the gods have anything to do with it? Ned named Jon after Jon Arryn, and Robb after his friend Robert, so apparently those people were dearer to his heart than his own brother. Maybe he was mad at his brother for acting so rashly? Would the Rebellion have ignited had his brother not ridden to Kings Landing to threaten the crown prince? Bran is a summer child, because summer was all he knew. He was born at the beginning of summer and summer lasted until he was nine years old. That's quite a coincidence. I think it was manipulated by Bloodraven in order for Bran to have the best possible development, but apparently he could only allow nine years until destiny or fate placed Bran into a position to be pushed by Jaime. The near death experience allowed the visitation by the three-eyed crow in his dreams, and eventually his trip to the Cave of Skulls. If Bloodraven was looking for him and wanted him brought to him, then we should assume that all the happenstance of Bran's short life was actually planned and quite deliberate.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    The name Brandon comes up more frequently than any other name within the Stark family, and there are many Brandons that are credited with doing historic things. Brandon of the Bloody Blade, Brandon the Bad, Brandon the Breaker, Brandon the Builder, Brandon the Burner, Brandon Ice Eyes, Brandon the Shipwright, Old Nan's Brandon, Brandon the Daughterless, and several other Brandons who didn't do anything notable at all. The significance of all these Brandons are that they are likely named after the original: Brandon the Builder, and therein lies our clue. The builder of what? Brandon the Builder is credited with building the Wall, Winterfell, Storms End, giver of Brandon's Gift, legendary founder of House Stark and the first King of Winter. I wonder if this Brandon didn't also create and build the wheel of time "game" and insert "Brandon" as the main character? I'm familiar with the idea that all Brandons are the same Brandon, and I do like this idea. It's very Marvel-esque and something I could see GRRM doing, but right now I see the story as a kind of role playing video game. All the characters in the books are actively playing the game, but the main character is Brandon. "Brandon" is the lead avatar, but not every Brandon achieves his potential. Ned's brother Brandon certainly didn't, and his death may have cleared the way for Ned's son Bran. The greenseer is the game server administrator. He has the ability to start the game over - thus the wrong Brandon dies, and a new Brandon enters the game. Mocked? Do you have an SSM where he says he's mocking him? Are you sure it isn't a tribute or homage? I found this on A Song of Ice and Fire Wiki: I think I have addressed most of your concerns above, but I might point out that Brandon died at the age of 20 shortly after the wheel of time was reversed. Had the wheel not reversed, this Brandon might have lived. As the events played out in reverse order, his brother Ned became Lord of Winterfell and Bran was born. Bloodraven said he "looked" for Bran. What exactly did he mean by that? Did he decide that Ned's son Bran was a better Brandon than Rickard's son?
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    Yes, a game of thrones with human play pieces set within a larger game of Cyvasse. GRRM was once very involved with chess, was once classified as “expert”, and was a director that organized chess tournaments. So it should not be a surprise if he uses the structure of a game as a literary element. I have compared the reversal of the wheel of time to Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass where Alice reenters Wonderland by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond. While I haven’t explored the parallels to the Wizard of Oz, I have read The Biggest Leech’s compelling comparison of Bran to Pinocchio though. Alice is playing with a white kitten named Snowdrop and a black kitten called Kitty, when she ponders what the world would be like on the other side of the mirror’s reflection. She climbs up onto the fireplace mantel to poke at the mirror and discovers that she is able to step through it to an alternate world. She finds a book of poetry named Jabberwocky, whose reversed print can only be read by holding it up to the mirror. I theorize that the titled chapters of ASOIAF are written as a type of Jabberwocky which can be deciphered to uncover a second story hidden amongst the parallels, metaphors, and symbolism. Westeros itself has been reversed like an image in a mirror. Yes, they have to be Starks. One complete cycle of the wheel of time is four seasons long, so if one season is delayed for a number of years, the same seasonal events occur with some frequency. This is how you can have multiple Brandons. For example, tourneys occur in Spring, political unrest in autumn, and war in winter. The False Spring of 281 was ground zero for when the wheel reversed, interrupting the events that normally occur in Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Instead of moving forward through Spring, Winter returned with a vengeance. I suspect Bloodraven manipulated the wheel so that Ned’s son Bran could be born. Once Bran was born, Summer was delayed for nine years so that Bran could safely grow up. But Bloodraven is fading into the weirwoods, or so he says, and maybe he had to allow the wheel to move forward into autumn once again? That is until Dany broke the wheel, and all of history is coming undone. As for Azor Ahai...I think he’s the flip side of the same coin as the Last Hero. Essos is the flip side of Westeros. We see the parallels between Azor Ahai and the Last Hero, but each belongs to their own continent. We won’t see Azor Ahai in Westeros, but we may see one in Essos.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    They aren’t the same person, but they both play the role of Brandon on the wheel of time. Think of them as playing pieces, Westeros is the game board, and each rotation of the wheel is a new game.
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    Heresy 221 and the Children of Winterfell

    Males in the Stark family named Brandon are legendary figures. So legendary that every rotation of the wheel of time has a Brandon Stark. Bran the Builder is credited with building the Wall, Storm's End, and for being the first human to learn how to speak the language of nature to the Children of the Forest. These events are so far in the past that it may very well be that "Bran the Builder" are actually three separate Brandons. It seems likely that a Brandon Stark was the first greenseer, and perhaps even the Last Hero. A human being able to see through the eyes of the weirwoods likely have a Brandon Stark to thank. Even if Bran isn't a resurrected Brandon or that he's every Brandon, he's still Brandon reborn, and he plays a very important role on the wheel of time. Every rotation of the wheel of time has a Brandon Stark no matter if it's moving forward or backward. Whichever Brandon is currently alive, he's playing the role of Brandon. The same cannot be said for any other player on the wheel of time. There isn't a Ned Stark, Jon Snow, or a Cersei Lannister on every rotation, but there is a King's Hand, a Lord Commander, and a Lord's Daughter that becomes Queen.
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